Fiber is fiber is fiber, right? It’s all that roughage that everyone says you need more of. Not quite! Dietary fiber comes in many forms and flavors, and there are several different types that each serve your body differently. Last week, we discussed prebiotic and probiotic fiber. This week let’s dive into the differences between soluble and insoluble fiber.
Soluble dietary fiber is found in foods such as citrus fruits, apples, carrots beans and oats. This type of fiber dissolves in water. Some soluble fibers have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels and may help in reducing blood pressure and inflammation.1 They may also slow the absorption of sugar, thereby helping to regulate blood sugar levels. The latter can aid in reducing the risk of gallstones and kidney stones and help people suffering from diabetes. Further, some soluble fibers can help:
- Maintain cardiovascular health
- Maintain gut health including help support regularity
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
Insoluble fiber is a type of dietary fiber passes through the digestive system without pulling water into the colon. Because insoluble fiber tends to hurry the movement of waste material through the system, it can serve as a bulk laxative. This type of fiber can be found in whole grains, nuts, beans, and certain vegetables.
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1 Mayo Clinic Staff. Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983. September 22, 2015. Accessed September 5, 2018.
2 Among gastroenterologists who recommended a chewable fiber brand (tablets and gummies). IQVIA ProVoice survey (June 2019).